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Local recommendations for five London neighborhoods in the words of the Airbnb London host community.

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  • AIRBNB LONDON GUIDEBOOK

    This guidebook is filled with top neighbourhood recommendations from Airbnb hosts in their own words. We hope you will enjoy discovering the best local sights and activities that London has to offer.

    3 City of London 7 The West End 11 Royal London

    IN THIS GUIDEBOOK

    15 South of the Thames 19 Around Hyde Park 23 Celebrating London

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  • 5airbnb london guidebookCITY OF LONDON

  • YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD

    Our London community's recommendations for the best things to do within walking distance.

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    EATst ali27 Clerkenwell RoadAustralian coffee and innovative cafe-style fooddelicious.

    bleeding heart19 Greville StreetGreat French fooda local favourite!

    haz restaurant9 Cutler StreetVery good Turkish restaurant.

    A. tower of london B. st aliC. the ten bellsD. bleeding hearte. haz restaurantF. smithfield marketG. spitalfields marketh. the real greek

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    CITY OF LONDON

    London's medieval heart, "the City" is the UK's financial nerve centre and home to some of its oldest attractionsand pubs.

    i. barbicanJ. bank of englandK. st paul's cathedralL. fabricm. shakespeare's globe theaterN. ye old cheshire cheeseo. the punch tavern

    DRINKthe ten bells84 Commercial StreetThe famous bar where Jack the Ripper drank.

    ye olde cheshire cheese145 Fleet Streetwww.citypubs.co.uk/pubs/ye-oldcheshirecheese.htmlPossibly the oldest, and most atmospheric, pub in London.

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    spitalfields market117 Commercial StreetThis market is great, with lots of restaurants, boutiques, and more.

    smithfield market225 Central MarketsPopular central London market.

    PLAYbarbicanLarge, popular arts and events centre.

    fabric77A Charterhouse StreetGreat nightclub. The crowd can be quite young and intoxicated!

    shakespeares globe theatre21 New Globe WalkExperience the theatre as the Elizabethans would have. They have cheap 5 standing tickets and you can stand right next to the stage in the round, open air theatre. Theatre tours are also fun!

    SEEtower of londonTower HillAn imposing castle in the centre of London. It has been used as a fortress, a palace and a prison. Rumour has it that it's haunted by a ghost.

    bank of englandThreadneedle StreetA museum dedicated to money in Britain. Ironically, admission is free.

    st pauls cathedralOne of London's most famous landmarks. A church has stood here since AD 604.

    SHOPthe real greek6 Horner SquareColourful market in the east end of London. Pick up fantastic art pieces, quirky clothing and decent souvenirs.

  • 9airbnb london guidebookTHE WEST END

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    THE WEST END

    the West End comprises London's most well known shopping and live entertainment districts.

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    h. princi londoni. china town marketJ. ronnie scott's jazzK. the riding houseL. white cubem. gordons wine barN. floridita restaurant

    A. trafalgar squareB. old compton streetC. the national galleryD. the court restaurante. covent garden

    marketF. empire cinemasG. kaffeine

    DRINKthe riding house4351 Great Titchfield StreetGreat, buzzy restaurant and bar. We love the breakfast as lunch and dinner can get quite busy, but it's got a great vibe and is right next to the BBC so it's also a great place for celebrity spotting.

    gordons wine bar47 Villiers StreetAmazing underground wine bar. Truly historic and with great atmosphere. On sunny days, they also have an outdoor seating area.

    EATthe court restaurantGreat Russell StreetTucked inside the amazing British Museum. Well worth stopping by for a meal.

    kaffeine66 Great Titchfield StreetGood pastries. It's run by Australians, so the coffee is top notch.

    princi london135137 Wardour StreetGreat Italian bakery on Wardour Street. Everything is delicious.

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    the West end

    SHOPcovent garden marketCovent Gardenwww.coventgardenlondonuk.comShopping centralthink the new Apple Store, cafes, restaurants, market stalls, and entertainers.

    china town marketOld Compton StreetLondon's very own Chinatown, where you can experience a bit of the Middle Kingdom.

    PLAYempire cinemasFilm centralall the movie premieres are held here, often at Europe's largest cinema screen, the Odeon Leicester Square.

    ronnie scott's Jazz club47 Frith StreetPerhaps my favourite venue in London. Many memorable nights in London have been spent here listening to some of the world's greatest jazz musicians.

    white cube47 Frith StreetFantastic modern art gallery.

    floridita restaurant100 Wardour StreetLive Latin musicians, a dance floor, great food, and kick-arse cocktails!

    SEEtrafalgar squareTrafalgar SquareLondon's bustling centrepiece. Chase the pigeons at Nelson's Column.

    old compton streetOld Compton StreetThis street has various bars, cafes, and shops. It is known as the gay centre of Soho and where many gay visitors find themselves when visiting London.

    the national galleryTrafalgar Squarewww.nationalgallery.org.ukThe world's pre-eminent and finest collection of historical artefacts in a stunning building, added to over the years by various English philanthropic families. For example, Lord and Lady Sainsbury have a wing.

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    airbnb london guidebookROYAL LONDON

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    h. saatchi galleryi. buckingham palace

    shopJ. goyaK. royal court theatreL. lasscom. westminster abbey

    A. picadilly circusB. palace of westminsterC. buckingham palaceD. tate britaine. saint james parkF. house guardsG. st george wharf

    ROYAL LONDON

    If you're pining for a peerage, hobnob with the coterie here in the shadow of Buckingham Palace.

    the Big Ben clock tower and the Houses of Parliament.

    buckingham palacewww.royal.gov.uk The Queen's most famous London residence. Tours during the summer.

    tate britainMillbankwww.tate.org.ukWith older works of art than the Tate Modern, still a nice big gallery to visit. Only works by British artists are on display from across the centuries. From Turner to Hockney.

    EAThorse guardsHorse Guards RoadJust the place for afternoon tea if you feel like pushing the boat out!

    goya34 Lupus StreetMy FAVOURITE Spanish tapas restaurantwho's for sangra?

    SEEpalace of westminsterWestminsterwww.parliament.ukThe world famous icon, featuring

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    royal london

    saatchi galleryMajor gallery space. Beautifully designed building with some astonishing installations. Fantastic place to wander around.

    westminster abbey20 Dean's YardPrince William and Kate Middleton got married here last year. This 700-year-old church is the coronation church of England. Many famous people are also buried here.

    SHOPst george wharfSt George WharfAll sorts in this riverside develop-mentincluding Pret a Manger, a doctors' surgery, a dentist, and a Tesco supermarket.

    buckingham palace shop7 Buckingham PalaceA fantastic tourist attraction!

    lassco30 Wandsworth RoadThis is an architectural and antiques salvage yard with an in-house cafe where you can enjoy well-priced food in a room

    of unique funky design and furniture. Hard to explain, but worth a visit!

    PLAYpiccadilly circusPiccadillyThe statue of Eros, and also the famous neon billboards of London seen in so many films are located here. Leads you to Buckingham Palace, Leicester Square, Regent Street, Soho, etc.

    saint James parkLondon is famed for its open green spaces. Walk south through Trafalgar Square and Admiralty Arch to find yourself in the idyllic St James Park with its lake and views towards Buckingham Palace.

    royal court theatre5051 Sloane SquareThe Royal Court Theatre is Britain's leading national company dedicated to new work by innovative writers from the UK and around the world.

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    airbnb london guidebookSOUTH OF THE

    THAMES

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    i. london eye champagne flightJ. scootercaffe K. royal festival hallL. skylonm. crown & cushionN. bermondsey street

    A. borough marketB. london eyeC. the old vicD. sea life aquariume. monmouth coffeeF. zuccaG. the woolpackh. young vic

    SOUTH OF THE THAMES

    Once London's underworld, the central districts south of the river now house the city's cutting-edge art and design districts.

    skylonBelvedere RoadBar and restaurant on the Southbank. Nice cocktails. Try to reserve seats and watch the sunset over the Thames through the massive floor-to-ceiling windows.

    DRINKthe woolpackA great pub, not great food. It has a garden out back with lots of tables and space for anyone wandering in off Bermondsey.

    EATmonmouth coffee2 Park StreetBorough Market branch of Monmouthreally amazing coffee; I recommend ordering the filter. Just totally excellent and non pretentious. This particular outlet has a great atmosphere.

    zucca184 Bermondsey StreetOne of the best Italian restaurants in London. Reasonably priced with a g